Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
1. Unbelief hardens men's hearts against means afforded for their good (2 Kings 17:14; Exodus 9:19, 21).
2. It keeps them from being established in the way of God (Isaiah 7:9).
3. It makes them reject those whom God sends (John 5:38; Matthew 21:32).
4. It takes away the profit of God's word (Hebrews 4:2).
5. It perverts the plainest manner of teaching (John 3:12; John 10:25).
6. It makes miracles not to be regarded (John 12:37).
7. It enrageth men's minds against the truth (Acts 17:5):
8. It moved the apostles to depart from people (Acts 19:9).
9. It makes men unfit to call on God (Romans 10:4).
10. Unbelievers can in nothing please God (Hebrews 11:6).
11. They are no sheep of Christ (John 10:26).
12. They are under Satan's power (2 Corinthians 4:4).
13. To unbelievers nothing is pure (Titus 1:15).
14. The gifts which Christ bestows upon them are fruitless and without power (Matthew 17:20).
15. Christ's own power is stinted to them (Matthew 13:58).
16. Unbelief makes men do detestable acts (1 Timothy 1:13).
17. It was an especial cause of the rejection of the Jews (Romans 11:20).
18. It was the cause of many external judgments (Hebrews 3:19; Hebrews 11:31). For it makes men run headlong into danger (Exodus 14:23).
19. It excludes from heaven (Hebrews 4:11).
20. It thrusts down to hell (Luke 12:46; Mark 16:16; John 3:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:12; Revelation 21:8). Can that which is in itself so heinous a sin, and that which has so many fearful effects following upon it, be accounted an infirmity? If we would judge it as indeed it is a true, proper sin, a cause of many other gross sins: a sin most dishonourable to God, and damagable to our own souls: we should take more heed of it, and be more watchful against it.
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